PLAINVILLE — After three months of renovations, Lessard Lanes on New Britain Avenue is fully open with 28 lanes of bowling and a new indoor miniature golf course.
The miniature golf area contains waterfalls, ponds, walkways, benches, trees and rocks. All the holes are handicapped-accessible. Sets of tables and chairs overlook the course.
“We wanted people to get an outside feel here,” said owner Marcel Lessard, a Southington resident.
The miniature golf area was just part of the renovation work at the former Laurel Lanes. Lessard was manager at Laurel Lanes from 1996 until 2006. He also worked at Bradley Bowl in Windsor Locks for 17 years and owned Lore’s Lanes in New Milford before he sold it last July.
Over 200 people attended the soft opening of Lessard Lanes earlier this month.
Lessard, a former pro bowler, wants to attract new people to the game.
“I think it’s a very unique set up,” he said. “There’s nothing like this.”
New masking units, the pictures above the lanes, were installed and can be rotated. Last week, new pieces between the gutters, called “capping,” were put in as part of the update.
“It has a new look that the bowlers will see,” Lessard said.
Leagues are already practicing during the week for the fall and winter seasons. Carter Flatt, a winter league participant, has been bowling at the Plainville lanes for 28 years.
“I think they did a great job,” he said. “It’s brighter now.”
Six big-screen TVs were also added to the lounge area.
The floors and ceilings in most areas of the building were replaced with more updates planned for next year. The front entrance is still under construction. A new sign will be installed by next week.
A grand opening is planned for the beginning of November.
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